Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Dell, Jonas

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DELL, JONAS (d. 1665), quaker, who died at Stepney, and who is frequently referred to in the polemical writings of his time as ‘the quaking soldier,’ was at one time a soldier in the parliamentary army. Before he joined the Society of Friends in 1657 or 1658 he was a puritan. He wrote: 1. ‘Christ held forth by the Word, the onely way to the Father; or a Treatise discovering to all the difference betweene Lawes, Bondage, and the Gospel's Liberty,’ 1646. 2. ‘Forms the Pillars of Anti-Christ; but Christ in Spirit the True Teacher of His People; and not Tradition. … Written in Scotland in opposition to some people who do imitate John the Baptist by dipping themselves in water,’ &c., 1656. 3. ‘A Voyce from the Temple,’ 1658. This alone was written after he became a quaker.

[Records of the Soc. of Friends at Devonshire House, Bishopsgate; Smith's Cat. of Friends' Books.]

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